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This is my first time doing something like this and I hope that someone will reply. I am almost 22 years old and since September 2007 I have been having debilitating pain in my lower back and right leg. When it first started I was able to deal with it but it got so bad that I had to go to the ER several times trying to get them to understand how bad it is. They first diagnosed me with degenerative disc disease but the MRI showed syringomyelia (cyst on the spinal cord). My pain started getting worse as the months went along and these are the symptoms I have now:pain in lower back and both legs, numbness, tingling, burning, fatigue, urinary incontinence, headaches in the very back of my head, forgetting what I am talking about, clumsiness, blurry vision, etc. Along with this they wanted to get an MRI of my brain to rule out Multiple Sclerosis but the report showed lesions so now they want to rule out everything else. The doctor has run all the tests that he could think of and today I found out that the results are all negative. I have had a spinal tap but it was also negative but he still thinks MS is a posibility. If anyone can help or give me advice I would really appreciate it. This is interfering with my life and I have an appointment in April to see the best neurologist in our state but I don't know how much longer I can do this without knowing! This is what the MRI of the brain said:
Conclusion: Scattered foci of increased FLAIR signal in the periventricular white matter as well as involving both coronae radiata. Although typically secondary to microvascular ischemic change, this would be unusual in a patient of this age. Differential considerations would include advanced microvascular ischemic change versus a primary demyelinating process such as would be seen in MS or a postinfectious demyelinating process. Note should be made however that no abnormal enhancement is seen to suggest acute breakdown of the blood brain barrier. Please see report for other pertinent findings.
What in the world does this mean? I am having to switch doctors because whatever it is is happening really fast and my doctor doesn't know a lot about this disease!
This is my first time doing something like this and I hope that someone will reply. I am almost 22 years old and since September 2007 I have been having debilitating pain in my lower back and right leg. When it first started I was able to deal with it but it got so bad that I had to go to the ER several times trying to get them to understand how bad it is. They first diagnosed me with degenerative disc disease but the MRI showed syringomyelia (cyst on the spinal cord). My pain started getting worse as the months went along and these are the symptoms I have now:pain in lower back and both legs, numbness, tingling, burning, fatigue, urinary incontinence, muscle spasms, headaches in the very back of my head, forgetting what I am talking about, clumsiness, blurry vision, etc. Along with this they wanted to get an MRI of my brain to rule out Multiple Sclerosis but the report showed lesions so now they want to rule out everything else. The doctor has run all the tests that he could think of and today I found out that the results are all negative. I have had a spinal tap but it was also negative but he still thinks MS is a posibility. If anyone can help or give me advice I would really appreciate it. This is interfering with my life and I have an appointment in April to see the best neurologist in our state but I don't know how much longer I can do this without knowing! This is what the MRI of the brain said:
Conclusion: Scattered foci of increased FLAIR signal in the periventricular white matter as well as involving both coronae radiata. Although typically secondary to microvascular ischemic change, this would be unusual in a patient of this age. Differential considerations would include advanced microvascular ischemic change versus a primary demyelinating process such as would be seen in MS or a postinfectious demyelinating process. Note should be made however that no abnormal enhancement is seen to suggest acute breakdown of the blood brain barrier. Please see report for other pertinent findings.
What in the world does this mean? I am having to switch doctors because whatever it is is happening really fast and my doctor doesn't know a lot about this disease! The ER neurologist actually gave me MS medication this last week so I am hoping something good comes out of it until I find out what exactly it is.





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